Whether you're just starting your piano journey, brushing up, or polishing your skills, having an effective practice routine is key to meeting your goals. We'd like to share some tips to help you get the most out of your practice time.
- Be patient with yourself. No one learns the piano in a day or two, everyone has learning ups and downs, and every learner is different. Be proud of what you accomplish, including the bumps and frustrations. They are a part of your continual success.
- Consistency is key. Consistent practice is essential to developing the motor skills and new "language" of piano. We all learned lots of things in school we don't remember because we don't continue to use them. Ideally, it's good to practice 4 or 5 times a week for about 30 mins. However, life can get in the way, so we recommend that you find a routine that suits you that you can commit to, whether it's 3 times a week 30 mins each, a few minutes every day, etc. We advise against practicing for long stretches (2 hours +) unless you are a more experienced piano learner as you're likely to get worn out.
- Set clear, measurable goals for yourself. Keep long term and short term goals in mind for each practice session, whether it’s to repeat a hard song 5 times, complete a specific lesson, or to maintain focus for a set amount of time. Within these, balance variety with repetition so you broaden your skills and develop expertise. Make sure the goal is reasonable for the time you have and allow yourself to revise your goals when needed.
- Keep going if you get stuck. Rewind and repeat a section. Slow down the tempo of songs in the Song Library. Try playing with only one hand at a time (you can turn off practice mode in the app menu). Let yourself switch to another song or piece if you're frustrated and come back to it later.
Finally, know that you're not alone! We are here to help and so is the Simply Piano Community on Facebook. Feel free to ask questions, share feedback, and post about your success. You can reach us by going to "Send Us Feedback" in the settings menu of the app or writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.